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HMRC Winding-Up Petitions

Posted on February 23, 2012

The following list is of the winding-up petitions presented by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and its predecessors, the Internal Revenue (IR) who were responsible for the collection of direct taxation such as income tax (PAYE) and National Insurance contributions, and HM Customs and Excise (C&E) who were responsible for the collection of indirect taxation […]

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No. of Clubs

Posted on February 13, 2012

I’m sometimes asked for a magic number – the number of top clubs which have gone into Administration.  It’s difficult give a simple answer because: Administration is a misleading basis for counting.  Clubs can be wound up without ever going into Administration.  A better measure is ‘insolvency event’, a term which can however be defined […]

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Round-up of insolvency events 2010/11

Posted on August 27, 2011

Things looked slightly better than in the previous season in simple terms of the number of insolvency events I have logged – ten events involving nine clubs, compared to twelve events each at a different club in the previous season – although there were still some large clubs involved.  In 2009/10 we had seen Crystal […]

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Ups and Downs 1

Posted on April 7, 2010

Like virtually every football fan, there is really only one football result each week that matters to me personally – I have to know it almost as the whistle blows (thankfully possible in the age that we live in).  The rest I could easily wait to read in the Sunday papers. With my particular perspective […]

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Posted in Promotion, Pyramid movement, Relegation | 6 Comments »

Crawley Town and Farnborough in court today

Posted on March 17, 2010

Court appearances over debts are becoming a bit of a regular Wednesday activity, and it’s a pleasant change to report some positive news. First up this morning were Crawley Town over an unspecified debt to HMRC – case dismissed; the debt had been settled (1).  In fact, at the previous hearing when the club had […]

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Revised HMRC court schedule

Posted on February 19, 2010

With the various adjournments granted and a couple of strikings out (Hinckley and Accrington paid their debts), I thought it might be useful to publish the revised list of when cases are next due in court: 24 February – Notts County 1 March – Portsmouth 3 March – Burscough (‘final’); Cardiff City; Southend United 10 […]

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Yesterday in court…

Posted on February 11, 2010

Four clubs were facing winding-up petitions yesterday, and none were wound up or forced into Administration.  In three cases the outcome was simply an adjournment. The media focus was on Portsmouth because of its Premier League status.  The club tried to make a case that the debt was in part to other clubs rather than […]

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HMRC court dates

Posted on January 28, 2010

With all the adjournments yesterday, I make the revised schedule of winding-up petitions to be heard as: 3 February – Accrington Stanley 10 February – Cardiff City, Hinckley United, and Portsmouth 17 February – Burscough 24 February – Notts County 10 March – Chester City plus Crystal Palace, now in Administration, and the joker in […]

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HMRC on the warpath big time

Posted on January 5, 2010

There is increasing evidence that HMRC are adopting a much more aggressive, and thereby less tolerant, policy towards football clubs, which is hardly surprising in the circumstances. Back in July they served a winding-up petition on King’s Lynn, to add to the serious problems the club was already facing, including enforced demotion (see postings passim […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 13 Comments »

HMRC’s increasingly active season

Posted on July 15, 2009

Taking the season as beginning on 1 August 2008, HMRC have petitioned courts for winding up orders against the following clubs (dates refer to publication in The London Gazette): 7 August – Merthyr Tydfil 17 September – Margate 8 January – Fisher Athletic 15 January – Northwich Victoria 23 April – Merthyr Tydfil 7 May […]

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